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Famous Introverts and What You Can Learn From Them

It’s common to associate success with “putting yourself out there,” but garnering attention isn’t a telltale sign that someone will be successful. Thanks to a newfound appreciation for quieter success stories, famous introverts can teach you three impactful lessons. First, there isn’t only one type of personality that can attract success. Second, introverted characteristics hold their own power. Third, it’s possible (and suggested) to recognize the traits that may be holding you back and figure out how to change them even a quarter-turn to get out of your own way.

On Being an Introvert

Before we get into the list of famous introverts and what they can teach us, let’s clarify that there’s, of course, nothing wrong with being an introvert. However, introverts are often (and mistakenly) thought to be any or all of the following:

  • Aloof
  • Awkward
  • Loners
  • Nerdy
  • Unfriendly
  • Shy
  • Strange
  • Withdrawn

Truthfully, anyone can possess any of these qualities at some point, introvert or not. You may also feel that you’ve become more of an introvert as you’ve gotten older. This may be because you’re more comfortable spending time alone. Or, maybe your social circle shrunk after college or you have a solo job and you’re secluded during work hours. Whatever it is, strike that list of misinformed qualities from your mind. Focus on the following qualities instead, because loners tend to:

  • Decide quickly what needs to be done and adapt to the circumstances
  • Enjoy their alone time instead of feeling lonely during it
  • Focus on the task at hand without distraction
  • Handle situations independently and responsibly
  • Have fewer friendships, yet they’re deeper, long-term friendships
  • Listen well when others need to talk about something that’s on their mind
  • Need a break and some “me time” after outdoor and/or social activities
  • Prefer modes of communication that are indirect, like texting instead of a phone call
  • Seem unflappable, calm and in control
  • Thrive in one-on-one relationships
  • Think and consider their next move before they act or speak
  • Understand the big picture and how elements connect

Some of these qualities are positive, while others are simply self-aware. None of them are particularly negative, though, or something you should feel like you need to change.

Introverts vs. Extroverts

Business success is about being able to make smart decisions and knowing how to solve problems. For celebrities, success may be about natural talent and a great promotional team behind you. Neither type of success requires a person to be outgoing or even sociable, at least not all the time.

Most people are on an introvert-extrovert spectrum, having a combination of strengths and weaknesses from both categories. Which way you lean has to do with where your energy comes from and what zaps it, though, not how shy you are or how comfortable you feel walking into a room of strangers. Introverts get more energy from being alone than from being with people. Spending time with others can drain that energy and alone time is required to refill the tank. Extroverts are the opposite – they get energy from being around others and start to feel their energy drop when they’re alone.

8 Famous Introverts and What They Can Teach You

It’s surprising to learn that some of the most famous faces are actually introverts at heart. You’d assume that to perform in some way, you’d need an outgoing, extroverted personality. Turns out, that’s not true. Here are 8 famous introverts and the lessons you can learn from them.

1. Albert Einstein

Not only is Einstein one of the most famous scientists in history, but he was also a known introvert. Leaning into his introverted nature, Einstein believed that his creativity and success came from keeping to himself. He said, “The monotony and solitude of a quiet life stimulates the creative mind.”

The Lesson: Time spent in solitude may provide the space you need to create.

Your Turn: Carve out time for yourself where all that’s on the agenda is creative thinking or working. If you don’t know where to start, meditate to see where your mind wanders or set a timer for 15 minutes of freewriting.

2. Bill Gates

Bill Gates has said that introverts can be successful by recognizing and taking advantage of their particular strengths. For example, take time to yourself to think and come up with ideas. Then, by combining those strengths with what extroverts do best (such as by hiring extroverts at your company), you can tap into both sets of skills to thrive. It’s also interesting to note that Gates is an introvert, but he’s not shy, which is a reminder that most people have some introvert and extrovert qualities that exist simultaneously.

The Lesson: Extroverts are not better than introverts, and vice versa. Instead, both personality types have their pros and cons, and businesses need both types of people to be successful.

Your Turn: Pinpoint a weakness that’s standing in your way, then create a plan of action to fix it. That can mean outsourcing work, like marketing or sales, to someone who does it better or figuring out how to improve that weakness in yourself, like by taking public speaking classes.

3. Eleanor Roosevelt

Since she’s known for being a public person thanks to her entertaining, lectures and press conferences, it’s surprising to learn that Eleanor Roosevelt was actually an introvert. Roosevelt believed that having a friendship with yourself is important, because only then can you be a friend to others.

The Lesson: An early life that forces you into solitude can lead to growing into a compassionate adult who’s sensitive to people’s differences.

Your Turn: Pick out three introvert characteristics you like, then make a point to compliment three people for possessing those same traits. You’ll see how being an introvert can actually connect you to others instead of keeping you in seclusion.

4. Elon Musk

Elon Musk said that it took him a lot of time and practice to get comfortable with going up on stage and speaking clearly, but that as the head of a company, it’s something you have to learn how to do.

The Lesson: Similar to the Bill Gates lesson, Musk’s experience as an introvert provides encouragement to unearth the introverted quality that’s standing in your way and do your best to change it.

Your Turn: Research the problem you’re facing, whether it’s public speaking, making one-on-one conversation with strangers or appearing approachable at networking events. Arming yourself with knowledge is an essential first step out of the problem.

5. Emma Watson

In an interview with Rookie, actress Emma Watson talked about how people applaud her for not being a party girl, especially in such a party-centric industry. Her response is that she’s not trying to be known as a non-party girl, but instead she’s just a natural introvert who isn’t into that scene. She also talks about how she once thought something was wrong with her because she wasn’t an extrovert. Eventually, though, she realized her introverted-ness wasn’t something to be ashamed of.

The Lesson: Embracing your introverted qualities can lead you to be the person you want to be, and without much effort.

Your Turn: Think about one of your introverted traits you’re ashamed of or embarrassed by, then list all of the ways it’s actually benefited you. Brainstorm how that trait can help you succeed moving forward.

6. J.K. Rowling

Introverts are often their most creative when left alone. J.K. Rowling is a great example of this – it’s well-known that she dreamt up Harry Potter when taking a solo train trip. Plus, her pen wouldn’t work, but she was too shy to ask a stranger to borrow one, opting to compose the story in her head.

The Lesson: Even being painfully shy around others doesn’t have to get in the way of your ability to move forward. Actually, it can be helpful, allowing you to hyper-focus. Rowling has said, “I stopped pretending to myself that I was anything other than what I was, and began to direct all my energy into finishing the only work that mattered to me.

Your Turn: Instead of throwing in the towel when one thing stands in your way, keep going with the work that’s most important. You’re allowed to avoid the thing that scares you, so long as you can still succeed without it.

7. Meryl Streep

More actors than you realize are introverts, including Academy Awards winner Meryl Streep. To get through occasions where she can’t keep to herself, she uses visualization and tells herself that her mother would be able to get through the situation. When speaking with Michelle Obama, Streep said, “It’s a good thing, to imagine yourself doing something you think you can’t.”

The Lesson: You’re not chained to the introverted qualities that hold you back, and fear is sometimes there to be pushed through.

Your Turn: Play pretend. The next time you’re in a situation that feels threatening, like having to collaborate with coworkers, act as though you’re someone else, a person you admire who performs well in that type of setting. It will feel uncomfortable, but you’ll show yourself that nothing terrible happens when you’re a bit more outgoing, especially if the situation requires you to be.

8. Warren Buffet

Warren Buffet, one of the richest people in the world and a highly respected leader in the financial industry, had to put extra time and effort into figuring out how to connect with people. Part of his success is due specifically to his preference for solitude, though – it’s given him the focus needed to become an expert. According to Susan Cain, author of Quiet: The Power of Introverts in a World That Can’t Stop Talking, Buffet’s introverted personality, namely his ability to think clearly and act wisely when other people often panic, is what has kept him on top.

The Lesson: Being an introvert may put you in a better position to recognize a warning sign of failure and act on it appropriately. Cooler heads prevail.

Your Turn: When a problem is looming, don’t join the masses in their panic. Retreat to think the problem through and to make a smart decision – this is where introverts shine their brightest. Adam McHugh of Quiet Revolution agrees, writing, “Because we do our best work in solitude, creative introverts may be less reliant on established norms and more able to see and hear new things.”

Final Thoughts

There’s no reason for an introvert to force themselves to become an extrovert (and it probably wouldn’t work, anyway). What you can do is take note of extroverted personality traits you admire. Then, work on developing them more, possibly even turning to your introvert-specific traits to help you. For example, if you know you need alone time after a social gathering, allow yourself that alone time to recharge. You may then feel energetic and confident enough to be open, warm and talkative the next time you’re surrounded by people.

Overall, remember that people aren’t all one thing – you’re not all introvert or all extrovert. You can accept or adapt whatever characteristics you want to create your own personality, regardless of how it’ll be labeled.

How has being an introvert helped you succeed? You may also want to check out this article about Why Being Resilient is Essential to Success.

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30 Celebrity Loners and Famous People With Introverted Personalities

Amy Schumer calls herself an introvert – and yet she’s a stand-up comedian and famous actress. Other famous introverts and celebrity loners on this list include Julia Roberts, Tom Hanks, Meg Ryan, Harrison Ford – not to mention Steve Martin and Meryl Streep.

Are you an introvert? If you need to be alone to recharge your batteries – to spend “down time” with nobody around, then you’re introverted. You find people and crowds draining, even if they’re your family and friends.

Here’s another quick way to tell: “If there is an emergency, do you tend to stand still and feel somewhat shut down or in slow motion? If you have a standstill reaction to stress more often, then you are probably an introvert,” says psychotherapist Marti Olsen Laney, author of The Introvert Advantage: How to Thrive in an Extrovert World. “In a crisis do you tend to move your body immediately and feel like taking action, maybe without pausing to think? Then you are probably an extrovert if you react with movement.”

This quick “introvert assessment” surprised me. I’m almost 100% introverted (but I’m not a famous introvert or celebrity loner), but I move fast and think quickly during emergencies. So perhaps this isn’t the most accurate way for everyone to determine introverted personality traits – especially if they’ve never encountered an emergency.

Tips and Insights About Introverts

Before the list of famous introverts, here are a few fascinating facts about introverted personality types and traits.

Introverts, famous or not, do not have personality disorders. A reader recently asked me if introverted people are emotionally and psychologically unstable. The answer is no! Introverts are just as healthy emotionally as people with extroverted personalities and traits. I’m often surprised at the misperceptions people have about introverts. You’ll see what I mean when you read the comments section of this article.

Here are some of the most common questions I get about introverted personality traits. Towards the end of the article is the list of famous introverts and celebrity loners. And the test for introverted personality traits! Mustn’t forget that.

Is introversion a personality disorder?

No, being introverted is not weird or abnormal. Introverts are normal. Extroverts are normal, too. Neither type is classified as a personality disorder. Being a famous introvert or celebrity loner has nothing to do with being a healthy, well-adjusted person.

However, some activities and lifestyles can be more difficult for people with introverted personality traits.

I’m an introvert and I was a teacher. I taught Grade 8 and high school for three years, and it was the hardest season of my life. Teachers need to be more extroverted than introverted because of the demands of the job. As an almost pure introvert, I found teaching incredibly draining and difficult! Now that I’ve been blogging and freelance writing full-time for over 10 years I know that being introverted is one of the personality traits of successful writers. 

There is nothing “wrong” with introverted personality traits, though introverts are commonly seen as nerds, loners, withdrawn, shy, and unfriendly. Introverts can also be seen as lacking social skills and even abnormal. The problem is that the majority of people are extroverted, so extroverted personality traits seem more normal and socially acceptable than people who are introverted.

  • Crave time alone
  • Get their energy from being alone
  • Consider deep, close relationships as true friendships
  • Feel drained after participating in activities, even if they were fun
  • Are often good listeners
  • Appear calm and self-contained
  • Think before speaking or acting
  • Don’t enjoy talking on the phone

People with introverted personalities have an inward focus and aren’t usually the “life of the party. ” Even the most famous introverts and celebrity loners feel self-conscious around other people. This makes walking into a crowded room a little nerve-wracking and anxiety-provoking.

Also, introverted people often have a hard time being goofy in front of the camera and telling jokes to more than a couple of people at a time. Even famous introverts aren’t naturally comfortable in front of the camera. Introverts are less likely to perform acts of slapstick comedy like “Larry, Curly, and Moe.” Introverted celebrities are often witty and understated, like Woody Allen – who also happens to be neurotic, weird, and eccentric. Woody Allen is one of those famous introverts who also happens to be eccentric.

Was Carmen Miranda an Introvert?

Introverts process their emotions, thoughts, and observations internally

Introverts can be social people, but they reveal less about themselves than extroverts do. Introverts are more private, less public. They need time to think before responding to a situation, and develop their ideas by reflecting privately. Introverts’ personality traits can be passionate, and sometimes aggressive.

Many introverts prefer working at home alone – writing, painting, computer programming, even doing carpentry and studying music. One of the reasons some famous introverts are so successful is because they enjoy introspection, self-reflection, and long hours of learning lines and studying the characters they’re playing.

Is it possible for an introvert to become an extrovert?

Yes, someone with introverted personality traits can learn how to be more extroverted. Famous introverts and celebrity loners have to become more outgoing and comfortable in group situations because of their work. I wrote Tips for Networking Successfully for Introverts to help writers and other people overcome the shadow side of their personality traits so they succeed at work. Introverts don’t need to become extroverts to succeed at work, but all careers are improved with good relationships with colleagues.

What advantages does an introvert have?

According to Laney, author of The Introvert Advantage, there are several advantages to being an introvert. Introverts:

  • Work well with others, especially in one-to-one relationships
  • Enjoy maintaining long-term friendships
  • Are flexible and independent
  • Have a strong ability to concentrate
  • Are self-reflective and responsible
  • Are often creative types who think out-of-the-box (which is why famous introverts and celebrity loners are successful – they know how to get into their characters’ heads in ways an extrovert can’t)
  • Are more likely to exhibit analytical skills that integrate complexity
  • Are typically studious and smart
Are you an introvert? Take this free, fast Test for Introverted Personality Traits.

I’m an introvert, and can see these personality traits in my relationships, job, and future plans. I also find that the more I learn about introverted traits and types, the more comfortable I am in my own skin.

Famous Introverts – Actresses
  • Candice Bergen, actress, writer, photographer
  • Ingrid Bergman, actress
  • Ellen Burstyn, actress
  • Glenn Close, actress
  • Audrey Hepburn, actress
  • Helen Hunt, actress
  • Diane Keaton, actress
  • Grace Kelly, actress
  • Jessica Lange, actress
  • Laura Linney, actress
  • Gwyneth Paltrow, actress
  • Michelle Pfeiffer, actress
  • Julia Roberts, actress
  • Meg Ryan, actress
  • Meryl Streep, actress

Famous Introverts – Actors
  • Clint Eastwood, actor/director
  • Harrison Ford, actor
  • Tom Hanks, actor
  • Sir Alfred Hitchcock, film director
  • Jack Lemmon, late actor
  • Bill Macy, actor
  • Steve Martin, all around talented guy
  • Noah Wiley, actor

What about you – are you mostly introverted or extroverted? If you aren’t sure, read How to Know If You’re an Introvert or an Extrovert.

Other Famous Celebrity Loners

  • Johnny Carson, Tonight Show host
  • Jane Clayson, host of CBS Morning Show
  • Matt Lauer, co-host on the Today Show
  • David Letterman, host of the David Letterman Show
  • Diane Sawyer, co-host of ABC’s Good Morning America
  • Barbara Walters, host of 20/20

Source of the “famous introverts” information: The Introvert Advantage.

The Power of Introverts in a World That Can’t Stop Talking

Quiet: The Power of Introverts in a World That Can’t Stop Talking by Susan Cain is a bestselling book that highlights the strengths of people with introverted personality traits. If you’re an introvert – and you feel weird about your personality – you’ll love this book!

If you know you’re an introvert and you aren’t aiming to be a famous introvert or celebrity loner, read Best Jobs for Introverts and People Who Like to Be Alone.

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Public figures, being constantly under the scrutiny of the press and fans, it would seem that they should enjoy it and by default be open and talkative. However, some of them admit that they are introverts by nature and an increased interest in them seriously weighs them down. At the same time, the ability to dive deep into their inner world allows stellar introverts to easily get used to any role.

Bright Side found the most famous introverts, whose isolation did not prevent them from becoming famous all over the world and winning the love of millions of fans.

12. Keanu Reeves

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Keanu Reeves' introversion has become the subject of many memes. A few years ago, Time magazine called the actor "Hollywood's biggest introvert." A successful actor does not hide his nature behind a mask and himself admits that he has always been a loner and does not like noisy companies, preferring solitude or the company of his closest ones. So, he celebrated his 50th birthday together with his sister.

11. Johnny Depp

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Most of Johnny's roles are closed characters, which in many ways reflect the features of the actor himself, avoiding excessive attention. Edward Scissorhands, Willy Wonka, Barnabas Collins the vampire, Sweeney Todd the hairdresser, you could go on and on. Maybe that's the secret to great role-playing - being yourself. The actor admits that he is very shy, but his profession obliges him to be in the spotlight. 9Audrey Hepburn “I am an introvert. Playing an extroverted girl turned out to be the most difficult thing I have ever done, ”the actress admitted. Closed nature, however, did not prevent Hepburn from being a famous philanthropist and helping those in need around the world.

9. Meryl Streep

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It's hard to believe, but Meryl Streep, known for her images of principled and sometimes tough women, also calls herself an introvert. According to the actress, she loves loneliness, and in her work she constantly has to overcome her fear of the camera.

8. Salma Hayek

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The Mexican actress, known for her passionate and daring images, admits that she is very shy by nature and has a panic fear of the stage and performances in front of a mass audience . And if she brilliantly manages to overcome her fears in front of the camera, then the actress compares work for the open public with deathly torture.

7. Jessica Simpson

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Once the singer confessed to her fans that since childhood she was very shy, but she struggles with it all her life. The stage and film roles have become a great way for Jessica to cope with the fear of communication and shyness, which the singer considers shortcomings.

6. Courteney Cox

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The Friends star revealed in an interview that she is an introvert and prefers to hang out at home with her closest friends over social events. According to the actress, the difference in temperament at one time became one of the reasons for their separation from her husband David Arquette, who loves to communicate and spend time outside the home.

5. Zayn Malik

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A few years ago, the British performer admitted in an interview that fame is not easy for him due to the mandatory attendance of social events. As a shy nature, he is tired of the obsessive attention of the public. According to Zane, it is the image of the "bad guy" that allows him to hide his insecurities and shyness.

4. Lady Gaga

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The shocking singer calls herself an introvert and admits that immersion in the world of music and her own creativity seems more interesting to her than Hollywood fame. Perhaps all this theatrical make-up, feathers, spikes and wigs is the only way for her to protect her inner world from strangers.

Psychologists say that it is easier for introverts to shock the public, because, unlike extroverts, they are not very interested in what others think of them.

3. Blake Lively

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Despite the fact that the actress became famous thanks to the Gossip Girl series, she has almost nothing in common with her heroine. By her own admission, Blake is not a fan of noisy parties and has always been very modest and shy. Like any introvert, the actress needs a lot of time to make friends with someone, and she prefers to spend her free time doing a very homely activity - cooking.

2. JK Rowling

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A successful writer often repeats in her interviews that she is an introvert and only with the advent of world fame does she manage to gradually loosen up. Perhaps it was the inherent ability of introverts to better express their thoughts in writing that allowed her to achieve such success in the writing field.

1. Steven Spielberg

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One of the clearest examples of how an introverted person can be a leader. The famous director admits that he is embarrassed about dinner parties, talking to strangers and prefers not to read reviews of his films.

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The psyche of each person is individual, but there are general patterns, and the mind of many people works according to a certain scenario. The famous 20th century psychologist Carl Jung coined the terms introvert and extrovert to describe different personality types. Jung himself was an introvert and was the first to explain that introverts are interested in the inner world of thoughts and emotions, while their opposites, extroverts, are drawn to the outer world filled with people and events.

In her book Secret Power, psychology professor Susan Cain talks about the benefits of introverts. She is sure that observation, the ability to hear others and feel their needs is a powerful tool in communicating with people and the key to success.

And Kane notes that many great artists, inventors, athletes, and entrepreneurs are introverted. It is about them that we will talk today.

Mahatma Gandhi

Mahatma Gandhi was very timid in childhood and was afraid of everything, especially people; after school, he immediately ran home so as not to communicate with classmates. But when he grew up, he led the liberation struggle in his native country without changing his essence. His weapon was peaceful non-violent protest.


For you, she is a pop music icon that fills stadiums around the world. Star of video clips that have received over a billion views on YouTube. And although Beyoncé has been performing concerts since childhood, she remembers that she was an introverted child.

Now her self-confidence inspires fans from all over the world, but she still tends to be quiet and contemplative. “I am a good listener and I love to watch people, and this is sometimes mistaken for shyness,” says the singer.

Emma Watson

“I'm actually a shy introvert and socially awkward,” says Emma Watson. I need time to rest, I absolutely can’t talk about “nothing”, and when I meet strangers, I get very tense, because I know that they expect something from me. However, I love dancing in a small company of close friends - I'm an extrovert there! And I am very shy in public.”

Misty Copeland

Misty Copeland was called an atypical ballerina. Like most athletes, she started ballet as a child, but later than usual: children are often brought to ballet school as early as four years old. Thirteen-year-old quiet Misty had no doubt that she had failed auditions for the school choreographic troupe. The girl was quieter than the water below the grass, but she was noticed. Misty's ability and talent were undeniable, and her ability to observe and focus on complex choreography seemed unique for her age. On that day, she was placed at the head of a troupe of sixty girls. Thus began her journey into ballet. In 2015, Misty became the first African-American prima ballerina in American Ballet Theater history.

Albert Einstein

As a child, Albert Einstein preferred to study subjects that interested him on his own, which sometimes got him into trouble. At 16, he flunked his college entrance exams because he didn't prepare enough — he only taught what he was interested in. True, later he learned to combine intensive periods of solitary work with going out into the world.

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